Writing about art is based on a sustained practice of looking, thinking, and then articulating both the viewing experience and the artwork’s cultural context to a diverse audience. Through a close study of singular art objects or exhibitions and by reading exemplary texts, you will gain an understanding of the fundamental requirements for—and the art of—conveying visual information. In tandem with this practice, you will learn art writing by generating your own reviews, catalogue entries, exhibition material (such as wall text and press releases), and other short form content. Under the guidance of the instructor and in exchange with fellow students by peer editing, you will explore writing structure, tone and point-of-view, as well as the professional vocabulary used to intelligently describe and analyze color, shape, design, and style. This hands-on approach will provide you with the diverse writing techniques necessary for translating visual art into written language. The course is taught in English. A good, working knowledge of written and spoken English is required.
By the end of this course:
- You will gain a basic understanding of the myriad forms of writing that contribute to successful exhibitions, auctions, and public conversations about art.
- You will accumulate the vocabulary and writing techniques applicable to a variety of art professions, while conducting independent research and learning more about art from the shared posted material.
- You will build a portfolio of exhibition proposals and writing samples that could be used as application material to further a career in the arts.